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How to Prepare for a Power Outage in Winter
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How to Prepare for a Power Outage in Winter

Living in the Houston area, we experience relatively mild winters. However, as last winter taught us, that can change rather quickly. Freezing temperatures can come at the drop of a hat, shocking our power plants, which can potentially cause a power outage.

Be prepared for winter power outages by checking off everything on this list!

Winterize Your Home

When the power goes out in the winter, your heating elements might fail to work. When your heating elements quit working, you want to prevent or fix any leaks in your home to keep existing warm air inside.

Weatherizing your home before the cold weather hits will help keep your house warm if the power goes out. Steps you can take to weatherize your home include installing weather stripping around your doors and windows, as well as draft guards. Adding insulation to your attic and walls will also help keep warm air inside during a power outage.

Stock up on Essentials

When the power goes out across an area, residential and commercial buildings will be affected. It will be difficult to traverse anywhere during a winter power outage. Additionally, if you can make it out of the house, you may find it hard to go shopping with businesses being without power.

Playing it safe and staying put is the safest way to get through a winter power outage. The best way to stay put during a winter power outage is to stock up the essentials needed for survival. Stock up on non-perishable foods like canned goods, rice, cereal, dried nuts, fruits, and powdered milk for emergency stock. Additionally, you will want to keep a sufficient supply of bottled water around to stay hydrated and to cook on secondary stations like a propane grill if you have one.

Other essentials to stock up on are our warm clothing, flashlights, and radios. You can never have too much warm clothing during a winter power outage, so dressing in layers and keeping extra ones around will keep you from getting cold. It may get dark during the night, so keeping flashlights or lanterns around will help illuminate your home.

Lastly, you won’t be able to charge your phone, so having radios handy will help your communication with your neighbors or emergency services.

Call on 75 Degree AC in Houston for Heating Solutions This Winter

Whether it’s heating, air conditioning, or indoor quality services, 75 Degree AC provides a fair and honest assessment while delivering quality work that fits your budget. Contact us online or give us a call at 713-598-2737 today!

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